Tortured and “Murdered” in North Korea - The Poster Thief
What happened to American Otto Warmbier?
Otto was an American student imprisoned in North Korea in 2016. By the time he came back to the USA, he was in a severe vegetative state and died afterwards. His crime? Stealing a poster from his hotel.
It is not confirmed what happened to Otto in North Korea, but he fell into a coma while in North Korea and was returned to America while comatose. There was an injury to Otto where an unknown trauma starved his brain of oxygen. There were no fractures to his skull and the cause of death is a mystery.
Otto Warmbier was arrested at the airport while waiting to depart. Whether he even took the poster is a matter of contention. Warmbier was in NK on vacation, and it cost him his life.
USA president (at the time) discussed Warmbier’s treatment with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and apparently, Kim had zero knowledge about it. North Korean officials denied mistreating Otto in a lawsuit.
A North Korean defector claimed to see Otto tortured and waterboarded.